Early Onslaught Powers River Bandits

BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks

July 9, 2017 | Quad Cities River Bandits 9, Clinton Lumberkings 3 | Midwest League (A)

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Daz Cameron went 3-for-3 with two runs, four RBI, and a home run in the first three innings as the Quad Cities River Bandits scored eight in the first three frames to power over the Clinton Lumberkings 9-3 at Modern Woodman Park on Sunday in Davenport, Iowa.

Cameron, the Houston Astros No. 14 prospect, led of the game with a single to right before coming home two batters later on a Chuckie Robinson triple that perfectly split the center and right fielders. Wander Franco drove in Robinson with a single giving Quad Cities a 2-0 lead after one.

Seattle Mariners No. 11 prospect, Joe Rizzo led off the top of the second with a home run that cleared the party deck in right field to put the Lumberkings on the board.

In the bottom half, Cameron would bring in Jonathan Arauz on a two-out two-run blast to right center. Carmen Benedetti made it back-to-back bombs giving the River Bandits a 5-1 lead.

After a two-out bobble by Rizzo in the third, Marcos Almonte, Raymond Henderson, and Cameron went for back-to-back-to-back singles to bring in three unearned runs.

Clinton starter, Lane Ratliff left after 2.2 innings allowing eight runs, five earned on 10 hits and two strikeouts and moves to 1-2 on the year in five Midwest League starts.

Dimas Ojeda hit a leadoff home run for Clinton in the fifth, but was matched by a Troy Sieber’s solo shot to lead off the bottom half to give Quad Cities a 9-2 lead. Gareth Morgan scored the final run of the game on a Robert Corniel wild pitch in the seventh inning as the Lumberkings made the score 9-3.

Gabriel Valdez moved to 3-0 after throwing six innings of two run baseball. He gave up two runs on five hits and eight strikeouts. Corniel earned the rare three-inning save after coming in to pitch in the seventh.

Each player in the River Bandits’ lineup recorded a hit with Cameron’s three leading the way. Robinson, Ronnie Dawson, and Almonte each notched a pair of hits. Arauz, the Astros No. 17 prospect, joined Cameron for the team lead with two runs scored.

Cameron, the son of former big leaguer Mike Cameron, is hitting just .231/.302/.422, but is 15-for-39 (.385) in his last 10 games with nine runs scored—raising his average by 20 points in the process.

PROSPECT WATCH

Clinton Lumberkings (SEA)

#11      Joe Rizzo                    1/4, R, RBI, HR, 2 K

#22      Bryson Brigman         2/4

8th        Billy Cooke                0/3, 2 K

Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU)

#14      Daz Cameron              3/5, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR

#15      Ronnie Dawson          2/5, R, RBI, K

#17      Jonathan Arauz           1/4, 2 R

THE BALLPARK

Modern Woodman Park is the oldest continuously used stadium in all of the Minor Leagues. Sitting right on the Mississippi River, it features a handful of small amusement park rides for kids and a large party deck behind the right field fence for adults.

PROMOTIONS

It was Luau night at Modern Woodman Park with the mascot and members of the Quad Cities staff wearing Hawaiian shirts and leis to kick off a trio of promotions. The second was a 1917 bobble model truck giveaway. Bark in the park was the final promotion as fans were allowed to bring their “well behaved” four legged friends with them to the game.

NEXT STOP

Kane County Cougars at Beloit Snappers on July 10.

Follow @michaelhammond_ on Twitter for live updates.

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